5 Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe From Parasites

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Parasites. Not the most compelling subject of conversation, perhaps. The idea of fleas, ticks, worms and other pesky freeloaders hitching a ride on your dog, living inside their body and feasting on their blood might make you shudder. Maybe the mere thought of a flea triggers an involuntary itch!

And yet, as dog owners it's vital that we are informed so we can make the very best choices for our pets.

Join us as we delve into the importance of parasite prevention and share our top five tips for keeping your dog safe from parasites.

Understanding the Risks

Parasites come in various forms, each presenting its own set of risks to your dog's health. Fleas can cause itching, skin irritation, and allergic reactions, while ticks can transmit dangerous diseases like Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis. Intestinal worms, such as roundworms and hookworms, can lead to digestive issues and nutrient deficiencies if left untreated. By understanding the risks associated with these parasites, you can take proactive measures to protect your dog's well-being.

Top Tip 1: The Power of Prevention

Prevention is key when it comes to parasite control. By implementing a comprehensive prevention plan, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of your dog encountering parasites.

Traditional flea, tick and worm control (pesticide control) comes in the form of spot ons, tablets and collars. Yet there is increasing evidence that these pesticides are harmful to us, the environment and our dogs. 

So what’s the answer?

At A-OK9 we know that nature is powerful. There are so many superfoods out there that can help tackle and target those pesky freeloading parasites, while also improving your dog’s health, wellness and immunity!

Bug-K9 is our all-natural superfood supplement, which harnesses natural ingredients to promote year-round protection from parasites including fleas and worms, including:

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Black Cumin Seeds
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon

And it’s as easy as adding a daily scoop to your dog’s food.

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Top Tip 2: Wipe Down With Gleam-K9

Have you ever considered how something as simple as wiping down your dog when you come inside from a walk can be a game-changer for parasite prevention?

A thorough wipe down is so simple - and yet so effective. Benefits include:

Removal of Allergens: Allergens such as pollen, dust, and grasses can cling to your dog's fur during walks. Wiping down your dog when you come inside helps remove those allergens, reducing the likelihood of allergic reactions and discomfort.

Parasite Prevention: Ticks and fleas can easily attach themselves to your dog's fur while you’re out adventuring. By wiping down your dog after a walk, you can physically remove any parasites that may have latched onto their fur, minimising the risk of infestation and tick-borne diseases.

Prevention of Skin Irritation: Environmental factors like dirt, mud, and plant debris can accumulate on your dog's coat during walks, leading to skin irritation and discomfort. Wiping down your dog helps keep their skin clean and free from potential irritants, promoting healthy skin and coat.

And of course it’s a great bonding opportunity too!

Our multi-purpose Gleam Towels are perfect for a post walk wipe down, and they’re great to pack on your adventures too.

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Top Tip 3: Maintain a Clean Environment

Keeping your dog's living spaces clean is another simple yet highly effective strategy that will minimise the risk of parasite infestations.

Vacuum regularly and wash bedding frequently to reduce the chance of parasites lurking in dusty corners or taking up residence in your dog’s favourite blanket.

Alongside Bug-K9, you can also double up on protecting your dog with our Bug-K9 Anti-Parasitic Balm. Perfect for applying to your dog’s bedding, as well as leads, harnesses, collars and car seats, it’s also safe to apply directly to your dog’s skin for that added layer of protection when bugs are tempted to bite!

Unlike pesticide-based parasite control, this all-natural balm contains powerful natural ingredients including Neem and Lavender, both of which have been shown to deter mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other insects. It’s spot-on as a natural solution to have as part of your multi-pronged approach to parasite prevention.

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Top Tip 4: Regular Parasite Checks 

As part of your multi-pronged approach to parasite prevention, being proactive makes you the very best owner and advocate for your dog. 

Regular worm counts throughout the year are a great way to help you to take a more holistic approach to your dog’s worming by preventing unnecessary overuse of anti-parasitic treatments.

Worm counts can also help you decide (with the help and advice of your vet) what the best treatment options might be for your dog (if you even need them)!

Make a habit of inspecting your dog's fur and skin for signs of fleas and ticks after outdoor activities too. Pay close attention to areas like the ears, armpits, and between the toes, where parasites often hide.

Of course, whatever method you choose to prevent ticks, the reality is that the odd one might still hop on board, especially if you live in a high-tick area, so making sure you have your hands on your dog regularly will mean you spot them quickly and take early action to minimise any risk.

We recommend keeping a pack ofA-OK9 Tick Twisters on hand for any time you get into a 'ticky situation'!

Easy to use and light enough to pop in your pocket or the bottom of your bag, they help remove ticks painlessly and effortlessly.

Top Tip 5: Soothe that Itch

And of course, it’s always wise to have a plan for those occasions when something does take a nibble.

If a tick has a munch on your dog’s skin, or a flea takes a bite, irritation at the site of the bite can occur, and having a natural way to soothe and calm your dog’s skin means no need to worry about any harmful side effects.

Soothy-K9 is the ultimate solution! Crafted with the finest natural ingredients including refined coconut oil, jojoba golden oil, chamomile and cocoa butter, it’s like a calming caress for your dog’s skin.

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Parasite prevention is an essential aspect of responsible dog ownership, and being able to do it naturally means you’re making your dog’s wellness your number one priority. 

By taking proactive steps to protect your dog from fleas, ticks, and worms, you can safeguard their health and well-being for years to come. Remember, prevention is always easier and more effective than treatment, so don't wait until it's too late. Start implementing these preventative measures today and give your dog the gift of a parasite-free life.

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